, the heart-lifting feel-good Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz
), is to be staged in the West End for the first time since it premiered there 42 years ago.
And the one-off charity gala concert performance, in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, will be introduced on stage by David Essex
, whose casting as Jesus in the original production turned him into an overnight sensation.
A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, featuring such popular songs as Day By Day, Light of the World and Turn Back, O Man, Godspell has touched the hearts of theatregoers all over the world since.
For the first time in the UK, fans will hear the stunning new orchestrations from the recent acclaimed Broadway revival production.
will star Zoe Tyler
and Andy Abraham
, with a West End cast, a live band and a 32-strong choir led by members of Maida Vale Singers and American Musical Theatre Academy.
was until recently a regular presenter on ITV1's award-winning daytime show Loose Women
. She first appeared in the West End aged 20, as Fantine in LES MISERABLES.
Her other shows include Jesus Christ Superstar
on tour, the award winning City of Angels
in the West End, the Narrator in Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat
and as singing legend Eva Cassidy in a national tour of Over The Rainbow
Since coming second on The X Factor
in 2005, Andy Abraham
has sold out the Royal Albert Hall
and released four albums, selling in excess of half a million records.
The rest of the cast: Stewart Clarke
(currently starring as Sam Wheat in the UK tour of Ghost
), Rob Houchen
(the current West End Marius in LES MISERABLES
), Sarah Galbraith
(has appeared in all three US productions of The Phantom of The Opera
, first on Broadway, before covering and playing Christine Daaé and Madame Giry in Las Vegas and on the US national tour), Katie Paine
(currently appearing in We Will Rock You
as first cover Killer Queen),Turlough Convery
from E4's Fresh Meat
Student Performer of the Year), Jason Broderick
at West Yorkshire Playhouse
), Laura Darton
(a finalist in the Stephen Sondheim
Society Student Performer of the Year 2013).
Sound Johnny Dickie.
Assistant Producer Denise Scott.
Associate Producer/Casting Director Mark Pettitt.